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Manufacturing case studies

Manufacturers can reduce their annual operating costs by up to $100,000 by reducing process waste and installing more energy efficient machinery and lighting.


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Catalent

Catalent is committed to improving the sustainability of its operations and using resources wisely. Efforts to reduce electricity use and carbon production include an LED lighting retrofit across the Braeside site, which saved more than 660,000 kWh per year.

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Hilustre Coatings

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Hilustre coating has modified two of thier curing ovens to reduce gas consumption. Minimising heat losses in the ovens, increase energy efficiency and reduce gas use and costs.

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AKD Softwoods

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A Victorian timber manufacturer has uncovered more than $2.8m in annual savings potential after taking part in a Sustainability Victoria program to reduce their energy demands.

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Caronlab Australia

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An energy efficiency audit by Caronlab has uncovered potential annual savings of up to $10,000 from a simple lighting upgrade. And the savings don't end there.

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Giorgio Dental Laboratories

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Innovative 3D printing technology is revolutionising the dental industry and helping Melbourne businesses compete internationally while reducing their environmental impact.

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Devilee Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

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Devilee's saved thousands of dollars through a reduction in materials usage and power consumption. The upgrades also allowed Devilee's to diversify and develop new markets, improve worker safety and employ more staff.

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Maton Guitars

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A recent resource assessment of Maton's operations is paying big dividends for the business, with costly rejects caused by process errors reduced by 80% resulting in annual savings of nearly $25,000.

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Morgan Technical Ceramics

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Following a resource assessment Morgan Technical Ceramics expect to save more than $60,000 per annum through a range of material and energy efficiency initiatives.

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Nobody Denim

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The search for continuous improvement motivated jeans manufacturer, Nobody Denim, to undertake a resource assessment. This assessment made recommendations to improve materials efficiency and identified a number of energy efficiency savings.

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Plaster Profiles

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A materials assessment has reaped huge benefits for plaster-board supplier Plaster Profiles with significantly reduced waste generation driven by an unanticipated internal culture shift.

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Showerline Industries

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The development of a lightweight shower base requiring 80% less materials and 15% less energy to manufacture is just one of the rewards for Showerline from its involvement in Sustainability Victoria's business productivity programs.

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STONE Outdoors

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STONE Outdoors maximised the reuse of the fine concrete dust (regrind) created during production of its concrete pavers by modernising its dust capture system, reaping significant cement savings, reduced bin costs and handling times.

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Sussex Taps

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Sussex Taps shares its experiences of investing in energy efficiency. Upgrading the foundry's cooling system to new technology has proved a wise investment: cooling-related energy costs are down by 90% and production is up by 7–10%.

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Victoria Carpets

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Victoria Carpets had always run extremely efficiently, however after analysis it was found there were a lot of improvements that could be made, particularly in the environmental and sustainability area.

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ZF Boge Elastmetall

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ZF Boge Elastmetall designs and manufactures automotive suspension components for local and offshore customers.

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